Method of searching an on-line dictionary using syllables and syllable count - id: 5832478









The present invention is a method of searching an on-line dictionary in any language representation using syllables and syllable count and an on-line dictionary, where the on-line dictionary includes a primary headword field, a segmented primary headword field, additional unsegmented language representation (headword) fields as required, additional segmented representation (headword) fields as required, a syllable count field, additional syllable count fields as required, and a definition field. The user selects a language representation for a query and makes the query in the selected language representation. The present invention then parses the query to determine if segmented syllables were used in the query and how many, if any. If no segmented syllables were used in the query, a character string search for the headword that matches the query is conducted. If the query contains segmented syllables, a syllable search for headwords that contain the same syllables in the same locations is conducted. The present invention returns one or more headwords in the language of the query and their corresponding definitions in the language of the user. Various wildcard symbols may be used for unknown syllables and for characters within a syllable, which may include tones.Method of searching an on-line dictionary using syllables and syllable count583247803/11/199813/03/19971998600George; John L.US Patent and Trademark OfficeGoogle Patent Searchpatentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US5832478-1.pngUnique